“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” – Romans 6:11-13
The message of Romans chapter 6 is simple yet so powerful. Jesus came and died to make us free from sin, not to make us free to sin. He was born in a manger, taught repentance from sin and righteousness, suffered affliction for the salvation of others, died, overcame death, conquered hell, was raised from the dead, and was given all dominion, authority and power. He then delegated to us as being joint heirs with Him that same power (which is grace), as long as we believe, trust, and obey Him, putting aside all sin, disobedience to His will, and unrighteousness. The key however, is that this power to overcome sin comes only to those who willingly choice to die to self, lay down their own life, pick up their cross daily, and follow Him.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24
Scripture says that we can only serve one master and whom we choose to obey is whom we serve and are servant to. We can not claim to be sinners and yet servants of Christ, we can not serve two masters. If we obey the voice telling us to sin then we are choosing to be servants of the master of that voice, which is satan. At the same time we are choosing not to obey the voice telling us not to sin and to walk in righteousness, therefore we choose to abandon Christ. Be not deceived, you can not be a sinner and a Christian at the same time. Whom you choose to obey is whom you serve, be it satan unto sin, or Jesus unto righteousness. You can’t have two masters. You’re only serving one, which one is it?
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity (in the past); even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” – Romans 6:14-22